Robert (Bob) G. Wood, GPUS '59GPUS Scholarship Fund
Robert (Bob) Wood GPUS '59 spent more than 50 years on University Liggett School's campus as a student, teacher, beloved coach and visionary athletic director. To celebrate and honor his achievements, his son Doug '90 and daughter-in-law Beth '89 established the Robert G. Wood Endowed Scholarship. Each year, it provides a scholarship to an incoming ninth-grader who has an interest in athletics, gives back to the community and has a strong academic record.
"My father spent 38 years cultivating the athletic programs at ULS, Beth and I hope that future generations can benefit from the strong legacy he left behind," said Doug.
Bob's name is synonymous with athletics at University Liggett School. For 38 years, his drive, spirit and commitment to young people and student-athletes at ULS could not be matched. As a coach and athletic director, he exemplified high ethical values for fair play and sportsmanship and he insisted that coaches under his care model those same standards.
Bob was considered an icon in the field of Michigan high school tennis. During his coaching career, his teams won an unprecedented 39 state championships. He led the boys to 27 state titles, and in his 13-year career as the girls' coach, he added 12 more state championships to the school's history.
Although Bob's teams consisted of outstanding tennis players, his goals for all players were to improve their skills and enhance their enjoyment of the game. He believed that there were more important things in life than state championships. Bob wanted his players to understand they were responsible for their actions and that they represented more than just themselves.
Upon his retirement in 2002, the school's tennis center was named in honor of his accomplishments and 52-year commitment to the school. He was inducted into the University Liggett School Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
University Liggett School is a private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school in Metro Detroit that is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and arts and athletics offerings.